Written: Jan. 24, 2016
In my quiet time this morning, Chambers pointed me to a passage in 2 Corinthians 3, which talks about the huge difference that Christ makes in the life of a person. You remember the story of Moses, and how he had to put a veil on his face after being in God’s presence, because the people were so afraid of the radiance he showed. I love Paul’s words here: “BUT whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is TAKEN AWAY [speaking of the veil over hearts]. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we, who with UNVEILED FACES all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” (emphasis mine).
When we accept Christ as Savior, the veil is taken away and a new freedom from the Spirit is found. The more we abide in Christ, the more our faces reflect His glory to others. Yes, they can actually see Christ in us, as we live for Him.
As I reflect on Raouf’s peaceful face at death, I realize it was not that face which reflected Christ’s glory, but the living one. For his spirit, which had been renewed when he chose to follow Christ in his 30s, was now seeing Him face-to-face. We were seeing only the earthly shell that housed his true spirit.
My prayer today is that each of us would be growing daily in the image of Christ as we abide deeply in Him and His Word, that others may see Christ in us and be drawn to follow Him. Help me, Lord to focus wholly on you.